Cedars are such a water-hungry tree that they help eliminate pooling of water in the yard which in turn reduces the mosquitos' laying grounds and population.
Cedar trees grow naturally in low lying forested bush areas where mosquitoes are naturally found, this is why they are often associated with mosquitoes and other bugs. Once they are dug up and transported to your location, they will not bring the mosquitoes with them. If you live in an area that is known for mosquitoes, they may go into your hedge for shade.
Cedars do not grow dramatically in the first season (they expel most of their energy setting up their root system in their new environment). With proper care they will grow 1 ft – 1½ ft per season.
After the first season when your new trees are rooted, trimming the tops of the individual trees will encourage "side growth" while getting taller as well.
In approximately three seasons from planting, with proper care your hedge will be quite thick and lush.
After three seasons the hedge's root system will be well established and virtually maintenance free. Trimming once a year encourages new fresh growth and keeps the hedge thick (trimming especially helps keep growth at the base of the hedge where neglected hedges will "thin out" and become "see through"). Trimming every second year is also an established practice.
The taller trees will be relatively fuller but all cedars are individual trees that take time to groom into that solid hedge effect that is so desired.
When choosing the taller tree, you are essentially getting more initial height right from the start.
We have a full array of sizes: 3 ft to 12 ft.
3'-4': For longer areas the best value is the 3'-4' cedar hedge. The smaller trees root rapidly and provide a great value for the budget minded.
4'-5', 5'-6': The most popular size cedar hedge is the 4'-5' and the 5'-6'. They are the same height as most chain link fences which instantly adds "green" to the plain look of a fenced-in yard.
6'-7', 7'-8': For areas along taller wooden fences, the 5'-6', 6'-7', 7'-8' cedars cover most of the fence, phasing it out without making it look out of place where a smaller tree might.
8'-9', 10': 8'-9' and 10' plus are recommended if you have a taller area that you require coverage for and you want the tallest trees that can be successfully hand planted in a tight hedge row.
We dig a trench (1' wide, 1' deep) and put a mix of soil (sheep manure) and fertilizer (blood meal) in the bottom of the trench. We then plant each cedar as close as possible to each other ("root ball to root ball"), placing the best side of the cedar facing towards the customer. This makes for a nice tight hedge.
The number of trees needed depends on the length of area to be covered and the height of tree you choose.
Spacing the trees apart makes for a thin sparse hedge that will take many extra seasons to thicken up. It is not recommended.
For the average hedge (100ft and under), we will dig the trees fresh in the morning, load our supplies and plant them in the afternoon (weather permitting*).
*Heavy rain makes it difficult to access our fields and dig the trees' root balls out properly.
No, all our work is done by hand. We normally park at the road or in the driveway (if permitted) and wheelbarrow the trees and supplies into the yard.
When we finish, everything is raked and swept to complete a nice, neat professional job.
The most we would use "machine" wise would be a compact roto-tiller, only on a very long stretch that doesn't have a fence on the perimeter.
We recommend planting the hedge as close to the fence as possible to encourage more growth away from the fence towards the customer's side. Also, if you space the trees away from the fence, you will get an overgrowth of weeds in between the hedge and the fence which looks unkempt and the weeds will leach water and nutrients from the base of the hedge.
Cedars by nature will grow around any obstructions. Their roots are shallow and grow around rocks, stumps, fence posts, cement etc. Their roots are thick and stringy like slim rope.
When planted next to a fence the cedar's branches will slow down it's growth on the inner side that touches the fence and add growth on the visible side. This doesn't hurt the fence or the trees and the customer gets the benefit of the thick growth.
No problem. Cedars can be planted free standing in most areas. When planting along a property line, we highly recommend that we dig the trench up to the property line which will place the trees on your property with the center trunk well within the property line.
Yes. Roots Down Landscaping gives a one year written warranty. With proper care your hedge will thrive. No matter when we plant we'll guarantee the trees will survive through winter right back to the month they were planted. If a tree does not take root (it will be crispy and copper coloured, top to bottom), we'll cheerfully replace it at no charge.
Cedars can be planted any time from spring up until the ground freezes. As long as you follow the after care procedure we provide, the hedge will be healthy. Remember: if Roots Down Landscaping plants your hedge, it is under a full year warranty!
Of course. We have many do-it-yourselfers. Roots Down Landscaping will deliver your new trees to your door and provide you with all our instructions and recommendations.
Unfortunately, we can't warranty the trees as there are too many factors involved where the trees are out of our control after we deliver. With proper care you will minimize any problems that might occur.
Any size cedar will grow upwards of 30 feet if you let them grow. Remember: even though they've been planted in a hedge row (or formation), they are evergreens and will grow accordingly.
Cedars do NOT require very much sunlight. They actually have less shock in a shady area because the sun won't dry out the base of the cedars. As always, cedar mulch is required to maintain moisture at the base of the hedge. This coupled with regular watering will ensure proper rooting and growth.
We ONLY use the native Ontario Eastern White Cedar.
Any established hedge you see all started with the Ontario Eastern White Cedar. If you look "inside" an established hedge, you will see the individual tree stalks all the way down the hedge. The center of the hedge is dormant (almost dead looking) so as to allow the outside to flourish. Nicknames for the Ontario Eastern White Cedar include "swamp cedar", "bush cedar", "scrub cedar", " field cedar", "hedging cedars" amongst many others.
NO. The Roots Down Landscaping digs our own trees from our many suppliers. We dig up only the best trees to allow the others to fill out and only pay for what we dig. Other companies will buy entire fields and dig every scrappy tree they can. This is when you'll see bad cedar specimens in some hedges.
I've been told a few ways from my past customers.
We don't have a retail location and we dig our trees fresh each day for each job so once they are on the truck it's less labour for all involved for us to deliver them to your location.
Yes, some smaller orders can be combined to make a trip cost effective. However some small orders are just too small and/or too far away to be cost effective.
Please contact us to see if we can accomodate your order.
We don't normally do a site visit as we receive 30-50 e-mails per day and couldn't possibly do a site visit for each one. Most situations of concern (other trees, location, obstructions etc.) can be resolved with a couple of pictures. In order for us to quote you please include an exact accurate measurement as well as the height of tree you're interested in.